By Paul Caputo

Montalcino is known throughout the Italian wine world and beyond for its exceptional Brunello wines, produced from Sangiovese. These wines are created from the area’s best fruit and have the potential to age and improve for many years. As such, rules and regulations for the DOCG Brunello are strict and in order to maintain quality, the consorzio are very active in upholding these regulations. The Rosso di Montalcino appellation exists therefore as a second tier for producers wishing to produce wines that are ready to drink a little earlier. Ageing requirements are lower and additional grape varieties are permitted in the blend.

In 2015 the consorzio decided to move with the time and permit the use of screwcap closures.